Category: Stories of Hope

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One Cure Patients

Gentle giant battles bone cancer with the help of limb spare surgery

Patronus “Groot” Gordon joined his furever family in 2015. Like his Guardians of the Galaxy namesake, Groot has been winning over fans since day one. “He’s such a sweet guy and handsome, too,” said Chris Gordon, Groot’s human dad. “I knew right away he was the one.” Groot was a gift to Chris’s girlfriend, now […]

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FACC Patient Stories

One Dog’s Miracle Journey with Canine Osteosarcoma

When Danielle Nau and her future husband were considering adopting a dog, they did their research. “We knew we wanted a companion to share our active lifestyle,” said Nau. “After reading and even taking an online quiz, a Chesapeake Bay retriever kept coming up.” With their decision made, they located a litter of puppies ready […]

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One Cure Clinical Trials

Meet Cali, Three-Time Cancer Survivor

“Cali joined our family when she was seven weeks old,” said Misty, a veterinary anesthesia technician at the CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital. “Since the day we brought her home, she’s been easy-going and happy.” A typical yellow lab, Cali is kind and gentle. “She loves to snuggle in bed with the kids and beg for […]

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One Cure Clinical Trials

Littermates Annie And Ollie Race Again, But This Time For A Cure

From the moment Kim Thomsen first met greyhounds, she was hooked. “My husband, Pat, and I had just lost our first dog together, a basenji, from lymphoma,” said Kim. “A month later, Pat was mobilized by the Army Reserve and moved away,” said Kim. “I was pretty sad and a bit lonely when I stopped […]

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One Cure Clinical Trials

Hemangiosarcoma Clinical Trial Extends Gimpy’s Lucky Streak

Some call it luck; others call it fate. Whatever it is, Gimpy’s life has featured a series of fortunate events, starting at birth. In 2010, a woman brought her dog into a local veterinarian to help deliver a litter.  After delivery, it was immediately apparent that something was wrong with the hind legs of one […]

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One Cure Clinical Trials

Facing Cancer Together

When Connie’s cherished, five-year-old mastiff and French hound mix, Leo, suddenly stopped eating, she had no idea it was the start of a series of events that would change their lives. “I’d been going through some medical testing, and I thought maybe Leo could sense my concern,” said Connie. “I thought he was just worried […]

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Pet Cancer Treatment

Mokey’s story: A cat’s journey through basal cell carcinoma

You hear it a lot: “We never expected it.” “It came out of nowhere.” “Of anyone I’d expect to get sick, it wouldn’t be _____.” Whether you’ve had a close, intense brush with cancer or you just know someone who knows someone battling it, you’ve likely heard the shock that often accompanies the diagnosis. This […]

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FACC Patient Stories

Radiation therapy helps pup with canine sinonasal tumor

Wilson is an outdoor guy. He loves winter, hiking, and swimming, all the things that life in Colorado provides. “He’s just here to please,” said Helen French, Wilson’s mom, who adopted him from a shelter in Salt Lake City when he was a few months old. Today, the 10-year-old Lab mix shares his home with […]

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FACC Patient Stories

Canine Brain Tumor Vaccine Helps Happy Boxer Beat the Odds

“If she’s deaf, I’m keeping her.” Those were Michelle Beston’s words to her husband as they waited for their latest foster assignment from a local boxer rescue. Beston had adopted and fostered dogs throughout her life and always hoped to bring a deaf dog into her home. When Fiona arrived, the three-month-old pup with one […]

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One Cure Clinical Trials

New clinical trial for dogs with nasal tumors may help people, too.

Grendel joined her forever family along with her brother Beowulf at eight weeks old. “We could tell right away she had a mischievous streak and was destined to get her brother in trouble,” said Marcia Bohannon, Grendel’s human. The littermates have been devoted to each other from the start, which made Grendel’s illness devasting not […]